Job hunting is practically one of the most uninviting thing people struggle with, and for this reason most persons opt for staying put at their regular jobs without going in search of other options. Though, the digital age has aided in curbing the stress related with job hunting. People can now sit at the comfort of their homes or even at their regular job spaces searching for their dream jobs and submitting their resume where necessary via the potential company’s email addresses.
This somehow have posed another sort of stress and uncertainty in its own right. When people sent in their resumes for a particular job opening, they hope to be called up for an interview and sometimes this clashes with several others. While other times, it is just about testing waters to know which of these companies to settle for, which have the best alignment to your personal wishes and career goals, which have the best resources, where can you be most productive etc. This decision could be difficult to make and yet still come out smiling knowing you chose the best.
Here’s a few guide to help you navigate through multiple job offers and still chose the best:
Express excitement, without quite saying yes
First, make sure to show some form of gratitude and enthusiasm for the job offers that you happen to secure. Yet, resisting the urge to accept them by saying affirmative words to either right away. You can say something like, “My gratitude for this opportunity. I have always thought this is an excellent firm that fits for my skill set and I’m excited about this opportunity.” You can then buy yourself some time by asking, “Kindly tell me when you will need a final decision?”
Be sure to have a written offer before negotiating: Verbal offers are usually not good enough for a ton of reasons. One of which is, it is not official and can be altered, besides its good to work or begin a job position with the right documentations in case of future needs. Make sure you get a written offer before making any moves
Be honest, and tactfully
Recruiters and managers most usually know-Any good candidate is likely being courted by more than one company. If you have an offer in hand and anticipate another one coming soon, it’s well within reason to tactfully ask for more time.
You might say, for example:
“Thank you for this position and I think it is a great fit. I do have one final interview with another company this week and, while your company is my first choice, I’d like to give myself the opportunity to fully consider both options before making my final decision. Would it work for me to get back to you by next Monday at most?”
Avoid getting in the middle of your potential company’s behind the scenes
If Company A answers your request by indicating they’d like to move you into the last phase but there’s some higher-level bureaucracy that may slow down the process, resist the temptation to detail how you’ll handle it.